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DOE Supports Clean Energy for Tribal Alaskans

December 8, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

DOE Energy ManageThe US Department of Energy announced the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program that assists Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects.

Since its launch in December 2011, the START Program has helped 11 Alaska Native communities advance their clean energy technology and infrastructure projects — from solar and wind to biofuels and energy efficiency. This third round of technical assistance awards will further help Alaska Native villages increase their resiliency, build local generation capacity, enhance energy efficiency measures, and create local entrepreneurial and job opportunities.

In addition, the White House Council of Native American Affairs Energy Subgroup, co-chaired by Secretary Moniz, launched a new webpage that provides a centralized repository of federal funding and technical assistance programs that can support energy project development for tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations. The webpage enables tribes to easily identify and access information about federal grant, loan, and technical assistance programs.

Alaska Native village and village corporations interested in applying for this technical assistance will be selected based on their ability to: demonstrate achievable energy or cost savings, implement renewable energy or energy efficiency project(s), develop an energy roadmap and establish an energy goal, ensure commitment from community leadership and participate in Energy Department – or other agency- sponsored technical assistance, trainings, or workshops.

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